LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – A group of well-experienced Kentucky Baptist leaders has combined forces to author a book that can help pastors grow their skillset. The book aims to help pastors grow in the areas of leadership and church revitalization.
The book has 11 authors with Kentucky Baptist Convention ties and goes through 15 chapters on various ways to lead well.
“How to help leaders and thus pour into other leaders is what the book is about,” said Alan Witham, the Central Region consultant for the KBC and one of the writers in Lead to Revitalize. “We hope that we would see in Kentucky a movement of revitalization leaders, pastors leading churches toward better health.”
Witham said churches would become healthier not by adding programs but by calling effective leaders who lead well, and this volume can give them practical tools toward that end.
He said there is a higher percent of Kentucky Baptist churches who are plateaued or declining than healthy and growing ones. “At one time, the number was 85%," he said. "Now it’s anywhere from 60 to 80% that are plateaued or declining.”
Witham said the book developed after some of the KBC regional consultants gathered and did some internal research. “We did some research on what we were seeing in terms of leaders leading churches in revitalization and what were the common practices or characteristics of those leaders.”
Witham said God is the author of revitalization but chooses to use effective leaders to lead churches in that journey. This book can help that process along.
Eleven different men who have a wide variety of ministry experiences make the book a great leadership tool. The authors are practitioners who have been local church pastors, church staff members, seminar professors, denominational leaders, international missionaries, evangelists, church planters, and worship leaders. The vast amount of experience makes for a diverse volume of ideas and best practices.
“There were 15 practices we felt were practices in leading well,” Witham said.
They divided up the ideas and then combined them into one volume. Witham said Rick Howerton, who had experience in publishing his own books and is the KBC’s South Region consultant, was invaluable in that effort. “That was a way that God used his experience in working with LifeWay and his work of publishing other books,” Witham said. “We asked him to head up that part of it.”
The book is a how-to guide to church revitalization. A complementary booklet or coaching guide will soon be available as a companion piece. The authors of each chapter will develop a set of coaching questions, and Witham said a coaching wheel is also being developed. The pastor can rate himself from 0 to 10 in certain leadership areas and then go through the book.
“It’s not just to help pastors but to equip pastors to mentor others in revitalization,” Witham said. “It’s almost like the disciples making disciples who make disciples (plan). We want to develop leaders that way.”
A video series for each of the chapters will be available soon.
The KBC will have a webinar about the book and its tools on Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. They will also be having a book tour in May where the writers will go to different regions in the state and have a two-hour event over the book’s contents.
Kentucky pastors can obtain a free copy by contacting their regional consultant, and it’s also available for purchase on Amazon.
Learn more about the book at the KBC website.
The book’s authors were: Dr. Paul R. Badgett, Alan Dodson, Rick Howerton, Andy McDonald, Rob Patterson, Dr. Larry J. Purcell, Dr. Kenny Rager, Dr. Stephen C. Rice, Jason “Bubba” Stewart, Alan Witham, and Darryl Wilson.